Just hung up the telephone from making a hair appointment and smiling to myself! A short while ago, the young lady at the front desk annoyed me. She seemed pre-occupied and imposed upon with having to set up an appointment for me. I live in a small town and there are not many choices so for a while I simply overlooked her. Then one day, a light shone in my consciousness as I thought about praying about this situation. My prayer was to see through God’s eyes and that is what I began to do. Soon I saw her as God’s perfect child.
There is no way I could tell you when the transformation came but I do know that she is absolutely so delightful with me now. It changed in my thinking; I didn’t go and change her. Romans 5:1 states “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Today, I had another fake call claiming to be from the IRS with intention of frightening me. Even after knowing it was false, there appeared a heaviness in my thought. Immediately, I turned to God and Hebrews 12:3 which reads “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” If I do not address this kind of thinking, it becomes overwhelming and goes from the subtle serpent in Genesis to the raging dragon in Revelations.
Knowing this is not about me but the opportunity to know more about God and my relationship to Him. Only Spiritual growth is going on as I tend to these matters and I am grateful.
Rather than gripe or complain over a situation, accept it immediately! God alone can see the whole picture. Keep your focus on God and allow the impact of this world not affect you. He tells us to rejoice in all things. 1Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
The telephone just rang and the service man was on his way out to check our air conditioner unit but has to run to a near by city to get filters for it. We were first on his list so we got up earlier than usual. My first instinct was to complain when I reread the previous paragraph! I think it means for me to practice what I write. Thank you, Father!
Last night I listened by telephone to a testimony service at a Church in another city where I attended twenty-five years ago. Often, I even recognize some of the voices. In one of the testimonies, an older gentleman (born the year the stock market crashed in 1929) said he was led to go visit his great-grandson who is in prison four hours away. At first, when the thought came to him to do this, he argued with it but soon realized it was a spiritual idea from God that comes with all its resources. He said he drives pretty fast on the highway but put on a cd about prayer to listen all the way down there. He described lovingly his visit with the young man and noticed that he was no longer “swearing” like he once did. The older gentleman said he had been praying about that and was so pleased. Jeremiah 29:13-14 reads, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity, I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
How very fortunate that young man is to have his great-grandfather in his life, who blesses everyone who know him!